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Pres. Lee to Form Gov’t Inspection Dept.

Posted February. 27, 2008 08:16,   


President Lee Myung-bak will form a special inspection department to tighten discipline in the wake of the launch of the new government and impending government reorganization.

An internal inspection team will also supervise employees of the presidential office.

The presidential office came up with the proposals as part of “Regulations on the Operation of the Presidential Office” yesterday. The new rules are expected to take effect as early as Friday after a Cabinet council meeting.

The special inspection department will inspect high-ranking officials designated by the president; chiefs and executives of state-funded organizations and institutions appointed by the president; and relatives of the president and those having close relations with him.

The inspection is limited to collecting secret information on the people in question. A request for further probe can be made if needed.

The new department will be headed by a vice superintendent public prosecutor and the internal inspection team will have up to 15 officials from the National Police Agency.

Presidential Chief of Staff Yoo Woo-ik will run the team to collect information on military service, job performance and promotion of employees at the presidential office whenever the president demands.

The Roh Moo-hyun government also ran a similar team.

A presidential office source said, “We will run a special investigation department and internal investigation team separately to downsize the government and encourage officials to work for the people. We have no intention to create a tense atmosphere from the early days of the new government.”

President Lee will also appoint a chief information officer after reviewing case studies from the private sector and advanced nations. The new official will supervise planning and management of software used by the president and digitalization of works in the presidential office.

The officer will conduct “work suitable for the digital era” as stressed by the president before his inauguration. A presidential secretary or chief secretary will take the job.

Chief presidential secretaries will hold a daily meeting except on Saturday on pending issues and countermeasures. The meeting will open at 8 a.m. on weekdays (afternoon on Sundays) and the president himself with chair Wednesday meetings.